Africa bids final farewell to Kofi Annan
London, September 13, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The body of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is to be buried in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Thursday 13th of September, 2018
For the past two days his body has been lying in state, with dignitaries and members of the public coming to pay their respects.
This marks the climax of weeks of preparation to celebrate the life of one of the world’s most respected diplomats.
Over the past two days drumming has echoed through the halls of the Accra International Conference Centre as mourners from around the country and the world pay their respects.
Traditional leaders surrounded the casket containing the remains of the ex UN scribe (Reuters)
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has been speaking at the funeral service for the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, which is taking place in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
The president said that Mr Annan had “brought renown to our country”.
He then described the late diplomat:
Quote Message: Charming, cosmopolitan, confidence builder, elegant, eloquent, gentle mannered, modest, polyglot, proud African, peacemaker, quintessential diplomat.”
Another of those in the capital for the funeral is Graça Machel, the former first lady of South Africa:
Quote Message: He is in my view the secretary general of the UN who’s left a very remarkable footprint on the global arena. And as an African I take pride that it is an African son who helped the world to navigate these very complex issues.
Quote Message: He’s always stood for peace and putting people at the centre of his contribution to the world. I love him dearly, he’s a brother to me and honestly I must say, I haven’t come to terms yet that he is gone.”
Presidents from across Africa, including the Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe will attend the funeral service; as well as former heads of state from Germany, Finland and Switzerland.
The ceremony will be followed by a private burial, with full military honours and a 17-gun salute.